Ravi Shastri Suggested to have 40 Overs ODIs

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Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri again is in the headline for his remark on the fourth day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy’s fourth and final test. The commentator commented on the current One-Day format, after discussing the future of Sports standing in the Ahmedabad stadium.

Ravi Shastri on ODI Format

According to the former cricketer, overs of One Day Internationals should be reduced to 40 over game in the upcoming time. ODI is known as the longest form of white-ball cricket.
Ravi Shastri represented the team India in 150 ODIs in the span of 1981-1992. He also mentioned that at the time of 1983, when India won the World Cup, ODIs used to have consisted of 60 overs. But then it converted into 50 overs game. So according to him, now the time is indicated to make it shorter by 10 overs.
“For One Day cricket to survive, I think it should be reduced to forty over the game in the future, and the reason I say this is because when we won the World cup in 1983, it was a 60-over game. Then the attention span of the people diminished and it became a 50-over game. I think the time has come for it to become now a 40-over game. Evolve with the times. Reduce the format.”

T20 format I think is the key: Ravi Shastri

Not only ODI, but he also expressed his thoughts on rest two formats of cricket. He said that format of T20 is key and can extract high revenue, which makes the development of the sport. “It is the injection the game needs to evolve. It’s the cash cow for the sport. But I think there also the bilaterals should be reduced. There are enough domestic leagues around the world that promote the T20 game. We should let those leagues happen and then have a World Cup, just in between. Very few bilaterals, if needed before a World Cup or something of that sort. Then you can sustain all three formats.”

“Test cricket will remain Test cricket”

Whereas talking about the longest format of Cricket, Test, he said there is no need to edit anything about Test. He suggested that it should have the same importance as now. “It’s the real thing. I think there’s a place for all formats within India. Especially in the subcontinent. Especially in places like Australia.”

Kartik on Shastri’s Comment

Cricketer Dinesh Karthik also positively nodded to this very same suggestion of Ravi Shastri’s. He found that currently, it seems like the charm of ODI has been lost. The Wicket-keeper batsman praised test cricket, saying this is the truest cricket format and T20 is for entertainment purposes. “ODI format has lost its charm. People want to see Test cricket, which is the truest form of cricket, and T20 for entertainment.” He compared these movie formats, “Test cricket is like art movies and T20 is commercial cinema. ODIs are present in no man’s land.”
India and Australia have three-match ODI series on the bucket list to play from March 17 to 22. And then the ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled for October-November this year and India is going to host this.

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Written by Janhabi Banerjee

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